We are proud to present a brand-new My Cup of Tech series called #MCOTSelects: an everything house and techno recommendation guide curated by us from festivals to fashion, music to artists, and everything in between – we’ve got you covered. For our first edition of #MCOTSelects, we’ve selected our top 10 Amsterdam festivals you can’t miss this season! Where will we see you dancing?…
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Spring is in the air which means that festival season has officially begun! Being based in Amsterdam, what is considered to be one of the top electronic music capitals of the world, we are very grateful to have some of the best house and techno festivals right on our doorstep. With so many electronic music festivals popping around every corner, we know just how overwhelming planning your festival calendar can be. Therefore, we figured we’d help you cut through all the noise and dish out our top parties that you can’t afford to miss this season. In order of appearance:
#1 Diynamic Festival Amsterdam 2017 – May 26th
Diynamic Festival is the perfect event to jump-start your festival season! Held annually each year in Amsterdam by the Diynamic Music team, the festival is spread across two house and techno drenched stages lead by the entire Diynamic crew including the main man himself, Solomun. Today, May 26th, the entire Diynamic family will once again reign their house and techno utopia upon the glorious Amsterdamse Bos terrain to celebrate their fifth anniversary. Discover how truly Diynamic you are at Diynamic Festival
#2 Lente Kabinet Festival 2017 – May 27th
The sixth edition of Lente Kabinet Festival – a concept of Dekmantel – will take place this Saturday, May 27th. Lente Kabinet is much cozier than the organization’s more commonly known festival – Dekmantel Fesival – in Amsterdam. Mother Nature’s breath-taking backdrop surrounds the terrain, creating a warm, intimate vibe is what makes this day-long adventure on the rolling hills of Het Twiske so very special. The festival offers quite the assortments of music genres ranging from disco and house to electronica and techno. And when your dancing feet start to weep, you can take a break and relax in their hammock forest with a lush Lente Limon in hand. How nice does that sound?
#3 Amsterdam Open Air 2017 – June 3rd & 4th
After six previous (now seven) sold-out editions, Amsterdam Open Air will return to the Gaasperpark on June 3rd and 4th for yet another glorious weekend of electronic music and endless sunshine. AOA brings together a collaboration of friends, such as STRAF_WERK, Format, WEITER, Colourizon, and 44BASS, to showcase Amsterdam’s dynamic nightlife, bringing you on a musical, culinary, and cultural adventure. As with previous years, you can stay the complete weekend on their campsite as well.
#4 Awakenings Festival 2017 – June 24th & 25th
On June 24th & 25th, Awakenings Festival will be back at Spaarnwoude for their massive 17th edition. Year after year, Awakenings Festival continues to be the biggest highlight on every techno-lover’s calendar and has been crowned as one of the most well-known electronic events in Europe. With more than 70,000 visitors throughout the weekend, Awakenings Festival is the largest outdoor techno festival in the world. Over the course of two-days, there are more than 100 techno DJs across 8 stages, delivering their best sets for one of the most dedicated crowds.
#5 Extrema Outdoor NL 2017 – July 7th-9th
Extrema Outdoor NL 2017 is a three-day festival taking place on July 7th, 8th, and 9th. After 21 years, the festival has decided to leave their nest at Aquabest and relocate to De Bergen in Wanroij. De Bergen is a unique location in the forest with a lake and endless camping possibilities, offering festival-goers an intimate outdoor abyss with non-stop house and techno music. Held across an array of stages, the festival attracts some of the biggest international house and techno names and brings in festival-goers from all over Europe and beyond.
#6 18hrs Festival 2017 – July 8th & 9th
Just as the same states, 18hrs is a festival pumping house and techno non-stop for 18 hours. Sprinkled amongst a series of warehouses and outdoor stages across the water in Amsterdam-Noord, the festival creates a unique, euphoric atmosphere within its immersive setting like no other. Ever been to a daytime festival and had the dilemma of where you and your friends are gonna after-party? Now you don’t have to!
#7 Welcome to the Future 2017 – July 22nd
Situated between the lakeside meadows and woodlands of Het Twiske’s natural surrounding in Amsterdam-Noord, Welcome to the Future is back this year on July 22nd to celebrate their 11th edition. The festival invites both local and international talents, offering a diverse roster of artists spread across eight creative and imaginative stages. Welcome to the Future has been awarded the certificate of excellence by A Greener Festival and is one of the greenest festivals in the world. United through music we dance into the Future.
#8 Dekmantel Festival 2017 – August 2nd-6th
For the fifth year in succession, Dekmantel Festival will be held across multiple venues throughout Amsterdam, running from August 2nd until 6th. Each year, Dekmantel delivers a lineup comprised of the best in cutting edge of underground techno, house, and experimental electronic music. These meticulously curated lineups, combined with impeccable sound quality and an unwavering attention to detail have all contributed to Dekmantel’s position as one of Europe’s most highly respected and popular festivals. To celebrate their 10th birthday, the festival will run a day longer and now also includes the Wednesday. Next to that, they have doubled the number of concerts on the Thursday in various locations around the IJ-river.
#9 Loveland Festival 2017 – August 12th
On August 12th, the Loveland family returns to the beautiful Sloterpark for their 12th edition of Loveland Festival. The festival traditionally features six main stages hosting dozens of international stars and the freshest names from the local scene. Get lost in the amazing production, elaborate staging, graffiti artists, and delicious food. And if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival, head over to the Relax and Art Islands equipped with hammocks and hookahs to help you recharge your dancing fuel.
#10 Voltt Loves Summer Festival 2017 – August 26th
On August 26th, Voltt Loves Summer will transform the Amsterdam-Noord’s NDSM into an electronic music paradise from 11:00 until 23:00. The industrial and rugged backdrop of NDSM together with August’s piping summer temperatures make for a unique techno festival experience. Mainstays of the event include Voltt’s chill-out area, lots of yummy cocktails, mouth-watering organic food options, and even a vintage market.
#11 Pleinvrees Festival 2017 – September 2nd
Pleinvrees Festival is the finishing touch to your summer season. On September 2nd, thousands of house and techno lovers from Amsterdam and beyond will unite on the lush rolling hills of Het Twiske for the first time. Dance the day away across five stages including Gardens of Babylon and Katermukke, showcasing a motley mix of melodies, vibes, rhythms, grooves, highlights, and closeouts. The festival also prides itself on its environmental and ecological conscience, seeking to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing plastic waste and serving only vegetarian food.
#12 Into the Woods Festival 2017 – September 8th & 9th
Summer always saves the best for last when it comes to festival season, and that’s just what Mother nature did with this one. Into the Woods Festival is held on September 8th and 9th and is situated amongst Amersfoort’s mystical woodlands in the Netherlands. Bringing together some of the very best in underground house and techno, the festival’s strong Dutch lineup, enchanting location, and unparalleled atmosphere is a winning formula that sells out within minutes every year.